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Intensive Outpatient Program

An Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program may be right for you if you’ve been struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and don’t want to live in a rehab facility. People suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues often avoid treatment because they think they have to stay overnight in a treatment facility. On the contrary, many people qualify for intensive outpatient programs which allow them to live at home and get on with their lives during treatment. An Intensive Outpatient Program can help you achieve lifelong recovery at your own convenience.  

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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) treats addictions, depression, and other mental health disorders that are not severe enough for inpatient treatment. An IOP enables clients to continue their everyday lives while attending treatment.

An intensive outpatient program is less intense than an inpatient treatment but more structured than traditional outpatient programs. Clients typically attend therapy 3-4 days a week for 3 hours each time. While some clients begin treatment in an IOP, some step down from inpatient or a partial hospitalization program to an IOP.

What are the Goals of an IOP?

Although each IOP is different, they typically have the following goals:

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What to Expect From an Intensive Outpatient Program

Like the road to addiction, each person’s recovery journey is unique. However, a personalized treatment plan allows you to focus on getting healthy. A treatment plan takes into account your addiction and mental health needs and your personal responsibilities to set your treatment schedule.

Treatment in an Intensive Outpatient Program involves learning new skills, attending various therapy sessions, and building your relapse prevention skills. Although IOPs require less time in therapy, it is more intense than traditional outpatient programs.

What are the Benefits of an intensive outpatient program?

People may not seek treatment because they can’t or don’t want to enter an inpatient program. An intensive outpatient program removes the reasons and excuses not to seek addiction treatment.

Many people struggling with addiction and mental health disorders have children or family members they care for or jobs that they are dedicated to. Entering a treatment facility is not an option for them. An IOP program offers the ability to take care of responsibilities at home.

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Embarrassment or shame stops a lot of people from seeking treatment. This can even stop a person from admitting to themselves they have a problem. Therapies in an IOP are scheduled at various times throughout the day, making it easier to keep it discreet.

The cost of mental health and addiction treatment is typically the most significant deterrent to getting help. An IOP is less expensive than inpatient treatment. However, a more feasible cost doesn’t mean lower quality care.

Being able to continue working or attending school is another significant benefit of intensive outpatient programs. Most people can’t afford to pay for treatment and take a month or more off work. Besides maybe needing a week or two off during withdrawal, people generally work or attend school while going to therapy.

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What Treatment Methods are Offered at MPower Wellness's IOP program?

When a person enters an IOP or any treatment program, they undergo a complete evaluation to assess their needs. Afterward, they sit with their therapist to create a treatment plan. This plan typically involves the following content:

  • Psycho-education groups
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Holistic therapies such as yoga and meditation, and mindfulness
  • Life skills
  • Support groups
  • Relapse prevention
  • Creative therapy groups

Since people in an IOP are also living their day-to-day lives, they are constantly putting their recovery skills to the test. If a person starts to struggle or is at risk of relapse, they may want to consider entering an inpatient program. MPower wellness will help make that transition as easy and convenient as possible. 

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Group Therapy is the Core of an IOP

People entering an IOP will quickly get comfortable in group settings. At the same time, a person will still receive individual therapy in an IOP. Participating in group therapies is as effective as individual therapy and supports clients in various ways.

  • IOPs offer clients the ability to enhance their communication skills. They also allow people to build social groups free from drugs and alcohol.
  • Group therapy provides a place for people to talk about their struggles with people who have walked in their shoes. Others in therapy can also share how they overcame their struggles in hopes of helping others.
  • It gives a safe space to interact and put recovery skills to work.
  • Therapy provides a place for therapists to teach new skills while guiding clients through their recovery journey.
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Who Can Benefit From an intensive outpatient program?

While the benefits of an IOP can make people want to choose it over inpatient treatment, an IOP isn’t for everyone. Some people have a severe addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder that requires the intensity of inpatient treatment.

A person with the following factors may benefit from an IOP program.

If you are unsure which treatment program will benefit you most, an addiction specialist or therapist can help you decide based on your evaluation and personal needs.

Is Detox Offered in Intensive Outpatient Programs?

If a person needs a detox program, their addiction is probably better treated with inpatient treatment. An IOP program is a better fit for someone who has completed detox. However, since some withdrawal symptoms can last for months, MPower Wellness’s IOP program offer medication-assisted treatment to continue managing these lasting symptoms.

Although IOPs do not provide provider detox services, they can treat a variety of addictions, including:

Does an IOP Treat Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders?

Unlike many years ago, today, we know the only way to successfully treat addiction is to treat any mental health disorders. Without simultaneously treating the disorders, the risk of relapse is extremely high. This means people receive treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders no matter what program they enter if it is needed.

Co-occurring treatment in an IOP in Philadelphia may include various behavioral therapies, medications, and education on both mental health and substance use disorders.

Clients with co-occurring mental health disorders may also receive the following:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Anger management
  • Crisis management
  • Motivational interviewing

How Long Do Intensive Outpatient Programs Last?

The length of time a person stays in an IOP program depends on the needs of the person. However, the average length of treatment is ten weeks. The longer a person spends in treatment, the higher the chance of lasting recovery.

How Much Does an IOP Cost?

The cost of an IOP program varies from one treatment center to another. The cost can range from $3000 to $10,000 for 30-days. Compare that to inpatient programs which could cost closer to $100,000! Factors that affect the cost of treatment include,

  • The services offered
  • Intensity of treatment
  • Duration of treatment
  • Location of the treatment center
  • Amenities provided

Do not let cost be a factor in attending an intensive outpatient program. Many insurance companies cover some, if not all, of an IOP.

What Happens After Completing an IOP?

When a person completes an intensive outpatient program, their therapist will help them decide the best next step. The next step in a continuum of care plan is traditional outpatient treatment. Other options may include one or all of the following.

  • Attending 12-step programs
  • Group therapy meetings
  • Weekly therapy sessions
  • Phone or in-person check-ins
  • Participating in the alumni program

Some therapists may also help people obtain medical care and vocational training. Staying involved in therapy and 12-step meetings can encourage lasting recovery. There is no cure for substance use disorder. It is a chronic disease that requires lifelong treatment. Attending therapy and 12-step meetings each week significantly reduces the risk of relapse.

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Start Your Recovery Journey Today at MPower Wellness

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or a mental health disorder, it’s time to seek help. Our IOP in Exton can help you manage your mental health while achieving and maintaining recovery. Contact us today for more information.



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